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Scotland’s Future

Description Scotland’s referendum on 18 September 2014 is a choice between two futures.
ISBN 978-1-78412-068-9
Official Print Publication Date  
Website Publication Date November 26, 2013

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Contents

Foreword

Preface Alex Salmond MSP First Minister

Introduction

Summary

PART 1

Chapter 1 The Case for Independence

Why Scotland needs independence
What a newly independent Scotland will look like
Becoming independent – the transition
Strong foundations – Scotland’s financial and economic strengths
Government policies and public services with independence
The consequences of Scotland voting No in the referendum

PART 2

Chapter 2 Scotland’s Finances

Scotland’s public finances on independence
Early priorities for action within sound public finances

PART 3

Chapter 3 Finance and The Economy

A supportive, competitive and dynamic business environment
A valued and well-rewarded workforce
Our currency, fiscal rules and financial regulation
Our tax system
Transport

Chapter 4 Health, Wellbeing and Social Protection

Pensions
Scotland’s social protection system
Housing and communities
Health, social care and the NHS
Sport

Chapter 5 Education, Skills and Employment

Primary and secondary schools
Early learning and childcare
Supporting Scotland’s universities

Chapter 6 International Relations and Defence

Scotland’s international relations
Scotland in the British Isles
Scotland in the European Union
International policy
International development
Defence

Chapter 7 Justice, Security and Home Affairs

The justice system
Security and intelligence
Immigration
Citizenship

Chapter 8 Environment, Rural Scotland, Energy and Resources

Agriculture
Fisheries
Food and drink
Rural communities
Environment
Scotland’s energy market
Oil and gas

Chapter 9 Culture, Communications and Digital

Culture and broadcasting
Communications
Postal Delivery Services and Royal Mail

PART 4

Chapter 10 Building a Modern Democracy

The transition to independence
Constitution, government and citizens
Equality and human rights
Better government – Scotland’s public services
Civic society and Third Sector

PART 5

Q&A Questions and Answers

The Case for Independence
Finance and the Economy
Health, Wellbeing and Social Protection
Education, Skills and Employment
International Relations and Defence
Justice, Security and Home Affairs
Environment, Rural Scotland, Energy and Resources
Culture, Communications and Digital
Building a Modern Democracy

ANNEXES

Annex A: Scotland’s Constitutional Journey

Annex B: Main Devolved and Reserved Responsibilities

Annex C: Scotland’s Public Finances

Annex D: Equality Considerations

Annex E: Other Scottish Government Publications on Constitutional Reform

Endnotes

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EVIL MURDERS

Moors murderer Ian Brady showing symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease but refuses test to confirm condition

2 Jan 2014 00:01

A TRUSTED pal of Brady has revealed that the Glasgow-born child killer is terrified of losing his mind as he shows early signs of dementia.

 
Child killers Myra Hindley and Ian Brady pose for a self portrait on Saddleworth Moor where they buried their child victims
Child killers Myra Hindley and Ian Brady pose for a self portrait on Saddleworth Moor where they buried their child victims

ARROGANT Ian Brady has always prided himself on being in total control – and smarter than those who keep him under lock and key.

But yesterday it was revealed that the infamous Moors Murderer whose crimes horrified the nation in the 60s may be slowly losing his mind.

Doctors suspect the Glasgow-born child killer, who turns 76 today, is starting to show early signs of dementia.

The news prompted fears he may now never be unable to pinpoint the burial spot of Keith Bennett, the only one of his five young victims never to be found.

Keith’s relatives have campaigned for decades for him to reveal exactly where
he hid the 12-year-old’s body on Saddleworth Moor in Greater Manchester almost 50 years ago.

Solicitor John Ainley appealed last night on behalf of the family for Brady to give up his secret while he still can.

He added: “If he deteriorates and is not able to impart this information, it may be that Keith is never found.” But Brady – who was jailed for life in 1966 – refuses to accept there is anything wrong with his brain and has refused to have tests which could show whether he has Alzheimer’s.

A close confidante at Ashworth high-security psychiatric hospital in Merseyside believes the paranoid schizophrenic is nearing the end of his life.

Jackie Powell, Brady’s mental health advocate, revealed how she saw signs of dementia during a recent face-to-face meeting with the monster who, along with his lover Myra Hindley, abducted, tortured and killed five youngsters in Manchester and buried their bodies.

Mum of two Jackie said: “Brady has to be in control and getting dementia is his worst nightmare. No one who meets him could ever deny he had a sharp mind.

“He is highly intelligent and insists on dealing with things on his own terms. He never wants to expose his feelings – he is terrified of losing his self-control. Everything he does has always been very calculated and he could not imagine anything worse than his own mind slipping away from him.

“He’d never admit it but I believe he is frightened about what is happening to him.”

 

The body of Moors Murder Victim is removed from Saddleworth Moor by detectives
The body of Moors Murder Victim is removed from Saddleworth Moor by detectives

 

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and affects almost half a million people in the UK.

It is a progressive condition and symptoms worsen over time. Early signs include memory loss, disorientation, problems with language and mood changes.

Former nurse Jackie, who is one of Brady’s legal executors, saw him recently for an hour. She added: “He has withdrawn into himself completely. The glint has gone out of his eyes and he just seems to be waiting to die.

“Brady has not been a well man for some years. He had a fit and collapsed in 2012 and was resuscitated against his will. He cracked a vertebrae and was in agony with pain for months.

“He has a number of chronic illnesses, including spondylitis, and probably doesn’t have that long left to him. His mother lived into her nineties but if he had his own way, he would certainly want to die before he loses his mind completely.”

She says her suspicions were confirmed when he declared he does not intend appealing against the decision of a mental heath review tribunal in June. Brady – who once bragged about being a key enforcer for Scots gangsters, including crime godfather Arthur Thompson – hoped the panel would rule that he was not mentally ill.

That would allow him to be transferred to a normal prison, where he would have the option
to starve himself to death.

He has been on hunger strike for 14 years and is force fed.

But the panel declared he was insane and should stay at Ashworth, where he has been since 1985.

Jackie, 50, added: “When I asked if he was going to appeal, he just said to me, ‘What’s the f****** point?

“I think deep down it’s because he knows he is too ill to take on another fight and he doesn’t want people to see him losing control.”

Brady, who was born in the Gorbals, once described how he and evil Hindley – who died in 2002 aged 60 – built an arsenal of weapons to sort out problems for underworld figures in Scotland.

In a series of letters penned by the killer and obtained by the Record in 2011, Brady refused to depict himself as a child rapist and murderer, instead painting a picture of himself and Hindley as Bonnie and Clyde types.

He name dropped Thompson, implying a bond with the former east end kingpin, who was an associate of the Kray twins.

He also hinted he may have murdered Scots and buried bodies at the Campsie Fells outside Glasgow.

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house breaker

Horror at Hogmanay: Female burglar batters 80-year-old great-grandad in his own home after he saw in New Year with his family

2 Jan 2014 07:34

DANIEL Martin was left needing hospital treatment after the thug punched and stamped on the 80-year-old. His daughter grappled with the burglar after arriving at his house to check on him.

 
Daniel recovering in hospital
Daniel recovering in hospital
Paul Chappells/Daily Record

A BRUTAL female burglar battered an 80-year-old great-grandad in his own home after he saw in the New Year with his family.

The thug punched Daniel Martin and stamped on his chest, leaving him badly bruised and needing hospital treatment.

When Daniel’s daughter Agnes arrived at the house to check on him, she found him injured on the floor – with his attacker still in the house.

The burglar grappled with Agnes and fled, only to be caught by other members of the family.

Then, after her dad was taken to hospital, Agnes realised to her horror that his attacker was being treated in the next booth at A&E for minor injuries she suffered as she climbed over a fence during her attempt to escape.

The woman then got away from police, but a suspect was in custody last night.

Agnes said: “We had enjoyed a perfect night and then this happened to my dad.

“How could anyone do such a thing to an old man?”

Daniel, who has nine grand-children and 13 great-grand-children, took in the Bells with family in Easterhouse, Glasgow.

Agnes then took him back to his home a few doors down at 12.30am.

At 2.30am, he heard someone trying to get in and opened the door, assuming it was a relative.

The burglar forced her way past him, and attacked him when he tried to stop her ransacking the house.

Agnes arrived soon after to check on her dad and saw the burglar in the house.

 

Daniel was attacked in his home shortly after the Bells
Daniel was attacked in his home shortly after the Bells
Paul Chappells/Daily Record

 

She told the Record: “I said ‘what are you doing in here?’ I didn’t know Dad was on the floor at this point.

“She kept saying, ‘That’s my stepdad.’ I said, ‘No, it’s not, it’s my father.’

“Dad shouted that he’d been beaten up and it was only then that I saw what she had done to him.

“She then went for me and attacked me.”

Agnes grappled with the woman and tried to keep her in the house but she ran outside.

She was then caught by Agnes’s partner, David McMahon, 45, and other relatives. Police and paramedics arrived and Daniel was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary with injuries to his face, chest and arms.

And his family were shocked to see the attacker being treated just feet from her victim.

Agnes said: “I saw her sitting with the police. She passed us in the treatment room.

“Then, when we got put into booth four, she was put in booth five. I don’t know how I managed to control myself.”

Agnes alerted a doctor about the woman but was told she had left. She had given police the slip. Officers began a hunt for the burglar and confirmed last night that a suspect had been arrested.

A spokeswoman said: “A 29-year-old woman is in custody in connection with an alleged assault on an 80-year-old man.”

Daniel, a retired council worker, was in a stable condition in hospital.

His son-in-law, David, said: “He is very badly injured and shaken. We dread to think what would have happened if Agnes had not arrived at the house when she did.”

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NEWCO SERCO

so newco has got money from 1 of there player,s that played for the oldco but the money that oldco owe,s out to people newco won,t pay them with the money that they got for the player that played for the old club so what do you all think fair or unfair ( ME I SAY UNFAIR )

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ORANGE WALK

it is about time the ORANGE WALK was banned in SCOTLAND & IRELAND try & let them walk on ENGLAND & LONDON,S street,s & see how long it would take you,s to ban them i would say 24hrs

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THE SCUM TORYS PARTY

WHY ARE THE TORY’S PICKING ON THE POOR & NOT THE RICH WHO DO NOT PAY ENOUGH TAX ARE THE TORY’S SO SAD THAT THEY ARE DOING THIS FACT I WILL TELL YOUS NOW THEY WILL KILL OUR COUNTRY ANY ONE WHO VOTES TORY SHOULD BE TAKEN OUT & BE SHOWN WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO THE POOR & THE SICK

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TORYS & D.W.P

I JUST LIKE TO SAY THAT THE TORY PARTY ARE SCUM THEY MAKE THE POOR POORER & THE SICK SICKER THEY HAVE NO FEELINGS FOR ANY BODY THAT IS NOT ENGLISH FACT

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